How science is being reported

Below is a selection of articles and reports on how various science-related issues are being reported in the media.  This section is updated from time-to-time.

January 2012 – The Conversation Fighting fact free journalism a how to guide by Ullrich Ecker, John Cook and Stephan Lewandowsky

December 2011 – The Leveson Inquiry The UK SMC gives evidence to the UK enquiry into into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. Start time 28 min 25 sec

October 2010 – This is a news website article about a scientific paper by Martin Robbins (The Lay Scientist, hosted by The Guardian (UK)). Also see Martin’s followup piece, Why I spoofed science journalism, and how to fix it.

November 2009 – ABC News Analysis Big bang sparks media interest in oil disaster. ABC’s online environment editor, Sara Phillips looks at the media coverage of the PTTEP Australasia oil leak off the coast of Western Australia and wonders if it takes a spectacular fire to get public attention.

June 2009 – Issues magazine Perils of the junk information age. Julian Cribb looks at science and the media in the information age. Issues magazine has devoted an entire issue to science and the media See here for details.

June 2009 – Issues magazine. Controversy: silence is a scientists worst enemy. Opinion article by Susannah Eliott on what happens when scientists remain silent in the face of controversy. Issues magazine has devoted an entire issue to science and the media See here for details.

March 2009 – Nature Supplanting the old media? A survey of 500 science journalsits shows the craft to be in serious decline. Geoff Brumfiel looks at what the future holds for the profession.

2007 United Nations Development Program Occasional Paper Media coverage of climate change: Current trends, strengths, weaknesses A 54 page report on how international media coverage of climate change has shaped discourse and action.

May 2007 – ABC Radio National – Media Report When it all goes wrong Annie Hastwell hears a cautionary tale from Fiona Fox (UK Science Media Centre) and plant geneticist Professor Mark Tester about a science story in the UK that went terribly wrong.

June 2006 – The Age Health hopes sprout eternal Monica Dux looks at the over-hyped promises made about everything from red wine to sex and how they’re reported by the media.

April 2006 – MJA Media reporting on research Steve Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz studied how the media reports research presented at conferences. They conclude that more caution is needed.